It’s not the most pleasant task, but routine gutter cleaning can help you save a fortune in repairs – and preserve the resale value of your beloved investment.
Cleaning gutters is probably the last thing you want to do on your weekend.
But despite being a minor inconvenience, it’s an important task that offers a number of benefits to you as a homeowner. From helping you save money on repairs and avoiding leaking water through to improving the visual appeal of your home.
Most importantly? If you have an existing outdoor renovation like a pergola, patio, carport, or similar structure, routine gutter maintenance is the key to having a valid workmanship guarantee and manufacturer warranty.
So, without further ado, here are 5 reasons why it’s important to keep your gutters clean.
1. Avoid Water Damage
When a gutter is blocked by debris – i.e. leaves, sticks, dirt, grime, stones, mushrooms, plants, and weeds – it prevents water from flowing down to the downpipes and away from the property.
As a result, the water gradually builds up in the blocked area. This then causes one of two things happen (or both): 1) The water splashes over the edge of the gutter down to the property foundation, or 2) The water overflows into parts of the property where water shouldn’t go (i.e. into the fascia boards, insulation, drywall, and plaster).
Naturally, this kind of damage can cost you a fortune in repairs. It can also put your personal goods – such as furniture, electronics, sentimental items, appliances, kitchenware, and other essentials – at risk of permanent damage.
2. Maintain Your Warranty
Did you know? Under most homeowner’s insurance plans, you may still be liable for the cost of repairs if the cause of damage is found to be due to blocked gutters.
The same also goes for outdoor renovations like patios, pergolas, carports, and louvered roofs.
Take the Stylemaster Patios guarantee for example. Under normal circumstances, all work done at your property is covered under warranty. This means, if your structure is damaged due to a faulty product or poor workmanship, you won’t pay a cent to get the problem fixed.
If, however, the structure needs rectification due to a lack of maintenance (i.e. a build-up of debris in the gutters), then the property owner would be liable for the call out fee and associated cost of repairs.
For these reasons, it makes sense to look after your gutters. Especially if you have plumbing fixtures installed on your outdoor structures. By doing so, you will avoid the cost of rectification repairs – not to mention, the emotional stress that comes with those ‘gut punching’ financial blows.
3. Improve the Visual Appearance of Your Home
There are many ways you can improve the appearance of your home. From maintaining the garden, through to repainting the house and performing major renovations. And yes, that goes for cleaning your gutters too.
You may think no one will notice your blocked gutters. But you’d be wrong. For example, when the rain comes, people will notice the large pools of water that overflow certain sections of the gutter. And, if you have guests, they may be unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time – receiving a mighty splash.
Furthermore, gutter debris can quickly produce weeds and other plants. Over time, the green colour will make your home stand out – for the wrong reasons – and draw attention to the state of your gutters.
Clean gutters, on the other hand, don’t have these problems. Their neat and tidy appearance blends in with the rest of the house. This means that friends, family, and other visitors will be able to appreciate other parts of your home, instead of being drawn to the unsightly details.
4. Prevent Mould and Pest Infestation
You already know that water can damage the interior of your property.
But you should also know that mould and pest infestations can cause major health problems. This is because, when water enters the premise, it’s left to sit in parts of the home that aren’t properly insulated. As a result, the water sits, resulting in damp and eventually the build-up of mould.
Mould, of course, poses a number of health-related risks like skin irritation, respiratory problems, and even harsh asthmatic reactions. Meanwhile, damp conditions can serve as a breeding ground for pests like termites, ants, wood fungi, and rodents.
Therefore, keeping your gutters neat and tidy will help prevent not just water damage – but also the pesky critters who thrive in those conditions.
5. Maintain (or Even Improve) the Resale Value of Your Home
Under most circumstances, routine gutter maintenance will not improve the resale value of your home.
Why? Because people expect to have functional gutters when they buy a home. It’s a stock-standard feature, like tyres on a car. So trying to use this is a key selling point on the marketplace is moot.
However, by improving the quality of your existing gutters, you can make your home look more attractive to potential buyers.
How so? By installing extra features like gutter guards. These are steel components that are designed to arch over the top of your gutters. Their main purpose is to prevent debris from entering the gutters in the first place. Instead, the debris simply bounces off the gutter guard and falls onto the ground.
This is a great selling point for potential homeowners, as the presence of gutter guards means they don’t have to spend as much time or energy on gutter maintenance. In essence, it’s a lifestyle improvement. So, you can use that benefit as a key feature of your home, which will help convince potential buyers that your home is objectively more valuable.
These are just some of the many reasons to make gutter maintenance a regular part of your annual schedule.
By carrying out this task every once or twice per year, you can rest easy knowing that your gutters will continue to function as usual, while saving your home from the threat of water damage for good.
To learn more about Stylemaster Patios’ innovative plumbing and drainage systems, get in touch today.